Pickens’ Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposal Rejected by BLM

Earlier this month, on March 2, 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) rejected a proposal by Madeleine Pickens (wife of tycoon T. Boone Pickens) to establish a wild horse sanctuary in Nevada for the 20,000 or 30,000 wild horses and burros now being held on public land.  Ron Wenker, BLM’s state director for Nevada, called the Pickens’ proposal “flawed” and “unworkable” as currently designed, but told the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that the BLM would “keep the door open” if a more attractive proposal were offered.

The biggest objection seemed to be the $500/head (or $15 million annually) for 30,000 horses that Pickens was asking taxpayers to put up.  She said the money would be used to support a nonprofit organization to care for the animals in perpetuity.    

Meanwhile, as we humans dither and talk about money and details, tens of thousands of formerly free-ranging horse and burros now spend their days, weeks, months and years confined to pens and fields with the sword of Damocles (the threat of euthanasia by the BLM) hanging over their noble heads.

BLM website photograph of weanlings for sale

One Response to “Pickens’ Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposal Rejected by BLM”
  1. 11th Hour for Cloud’s Herd,
    Please act now to stop this unnecessary and cruel round up— the BLM still plans to move forward on September 1st

    The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up and eliminating 12 herds (650 horses) off 1.4 million acres in Nevada right now– next they plan to destroy Cloud’s herd with a massive removal of 70 horses that would include OLDER HORSES and YOUNG FOALS.
    Many of the horses you have come to love in the Cloud shows and will meet in the new Cloud show on October 25th will lose their families and their freedom next week. By zeroing out whole herds and reducing others to below genetic viability, the BLM is circumventing the will of Congress. The House just passed the Restoring of American Mustangs (ROAM) act and the Senate will review this bill (now S.1579) when they return from recess in September. Is BLM just trying to do as much irrevocable damage to America’s wild horses as they can before Congress can act?
    This round up will start on September 1st unless we can stop it. Removing 70 horses will destroy this unique little Spanish herd, leaving them well below the bare minimum for genetic viability. The range is in great condition and the horses are healthy. This removal should be stopped. Please do all you can to help! Listen to Ginger Kathrens on Endangered Stream Live– a special edition show “Angels for Cloud”

    National Call in Day for Cloud is Friday, August 28th — SPREAD THE WORD! Have your kids call in and write too– These horses need to be preserved for future generations and we must act NOW

    1. Call/write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461
    E-mail Obama

    2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up
    Call: 202-208-3100
    Write: feedback@ios.doi.gov

    3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up– he must reconsider his agency’s actions
    Call: 202-208-3801
    Fax: 202-208-5242

    4. Call and write your own Senators and Congress people- tell them that Montana is allowing the destruction of Cloud’s unique and historical wild horse herd. Politely express your outrage and ask them to help stop this round up. Find your state offices here

    Listen to Ginger Kathrens NOW on “WFL Endangered Stream Live”

    REMEMBER: National Cloud Call-In Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th!

    Thank you to everyone for signing the petition- we only need about 400 more signatures!

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